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Ideas and views from across the left

The link between the rise of food banks and the rolling back of the welfare state

Richard Bridge, 18 Aug 2014

Food banks help local authorities evade their responsibilities to benefit claimants. We must be careful of legitimising the notion of hunger as a matter for charity and depoliticising debate on the right to food.

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Thomas Piketty talks inequality and politics with Class

Ellie O’Hagan, 8 Aug 2014

In June the leading economist Thomas Piketty joined Class at Parliament to discuss his work with Labour peer and Senior Adviser to Ed Miliband Lord Stewart Wood in front of an audience of MPs and policy makers. Here are the reactions.

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How to Regulate Zero Hours Contracts

Zoe Adams, Simon Deakin, 8 Aug 2014

The Institute of Employment Rights has released a new publication entitled 'Re-regulating Zero Hours Contracts.' Here co-author Zoe Adams outlines the key points.

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Here’s why we should reject government proposals to sell student debt to universities

Shelly Asquith, 4 Aug 2014

This is the latest scramble to find a solution to the loans crisis, and potentially even more problematic than the now buried proposal of selling it off to private companies. Marketising education is an experiment which has cost the taxpayer more, not less, and saddled a generation of people with a debt they will likely never pay off.

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Proposals to revoke bankers’ bonuses don’t go far enough

Professor Prem Sikka, 31 Jul 2014

The government has unveiled proposals to defer or revoke bankers' bonuses in the event of misconduct. These proposals may soothe public anxieties, but they don't address the toxic banking culture which led to the financial crisis of 2008.

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Why we must close gaps in the law around domestic violence

Polly Neate, 29 Jul 2014

Women's organisations created the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign to make domestic violence a specific offence. Only when society recognises domestic violence as a pattern of control, and not a one-off incident, will victims no longer be stigmatised and services no longer be provided of vital long-term funding.

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The great Home Office jobs trick

Richard Simcox, 28 Jul 2014

As passport office staff strike for another 24 hours, PCS Press Officer Richard Simcox sheds some light on the internal workings of the dispute.

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Low pay and increased job insecurity: the state of single parent employment

Matt Hawkins, 22 Jul 2014

Gingerbread’s latest report, Paying the Price: The long road to recovery, reveals how this dangerous cocktail of recession and cutbacks has particularly harmed single parent incomes and their job prospects.

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Securing the future of our public services

Dave Arnold, 21 Jul 2014

Securing the future of our public services is a manifesto for the future of our public services, produced by Unison. It outlines in detail the challenges faced by public services, identifies key priorities and suggests solutions for the future.

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The Bedroom tax by numbers

Zorana Halpin, 18 Jul 2014

After the Department for Work and Pensions released its impact assessment on the bedroom tax this week; Shelter looks at the key facts.

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Labour needs to nationalise the railways

Mick Whelan, 11 Jul 2014

Privatisation has been a failure. Pledging to nationalise the railways would help Labour win the 2015 general election.

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Fighting austerity: why we need to talk about human rights

Alice Donald, 10 Jul 2014

Human rights are integral to ensuring the government is legally and morally responsible to its citizens. he government's socio-economic obligations are real and binding – and fundamental to the protection of human dignity.

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Why we are striking

Mark Serwotka, 9 Jul 2014

PCS members have seen their incomes plummet as a result of cuts to pensions and income. It's time to take action.

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The key to reducing inequality? Stronger trade unions

James Bloodworth, 2 Jul 2014

The widening gap between rich and poor reflects a decline in trade union power, so argue the authors of the bestselling book The Spirit Level

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Labour rights to be TTIPed out?

Joy Johnson, 24 Jun 2014

TTIP is a free trade agreement unlike any other, and its consequences could be disastrous.

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What to make of the IPPR report

Ellie O’Hagan, 19 Jun 2014

Class Media and Communications Officer Ellie O'Hagan gives her view on the launch of the IPPR's The Condition of Britain

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It’s time to reverse the ascendance of finance capitalism

Professor Costas Lapavitsas, 18 Jun 2014

The structural problems within the UK and other mature economies were brought to the surface during and after the financial crisis of 2007-9. In my new paper for Class, I argue that these problems are inherent to contemporary mature capitalism and have to do, above all, with the process of financialisation and the state’s active role in supporting this process.

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The significance of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Howard Reed, 12 Jun 2014

Howard Reed, who recently debunked an attack on Thomas Piketty in the Financial Times, explains the significance of Piketty's bestseller.

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A Primer: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Ellie O’Hagan, 11 Jun 2014

Thomas Piketty’s seminal work, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has soared to the top of the Bestsellers’ Chart and sparked debate amongst commentators, economists and politicians across the world. But at nearly 700 pages, and stuffed with cultural references from Disney to Jane Austen, what is Piketty actually arguing?

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